Sun, Nov 02, 2014
One of the questions begged by this topic is can trust truly be restored? This begins with a healing process, which is one of the many issues addressed by the minister and/or the Pastoral Care Committee. This helps create a more spiritual community. Rev. Smith and the Pastoral Care Committee, suggest that it is a conversation that can only be started. This is our Bring a Friend to Church Sunday, and we extend a special invitation to the public to visit UUSD; to enjoy our very inviting and welcoming congregation and to learn what Unitarian Universalism is all about.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014
UUSD member and Professor Len Bowman refers to his early monastic life and his later academic study in theology, and addresses the question, "So, how on earth did you end up here with the UUs?" His was a personal path, leading him to recognize an embracing Presence, and an academic path, leading him to appreciate the value of dialog among diverse religious perspectives.
Sun, Sep 07, 2014
Like so many congregations, even though the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware meet year round, UUSD holds an ingathering service. This is a time to reflect not simply on what I did on my summer vacation but rather to reconnect with the community. Often times, Unitarian Universalists celebrate this event by bringing water from wherever they might have been to mix with the water brought by others. Rev. Smith sees this as a type of communion in which individuals or families can express a deeper meaning of what they add to the larger water container, reflecting, perhaps, on the importance of where they had gone, as well as what it means to be back to their religious home.
Sun, Aug 17, 2014
The line between church and state seems to be drawn finer; indeed, it seems quite vague.
Private businesses and other arenas are closing the door on many based on so-called religious beliefs. Rev. Smith speaks to the misuse and secularization of religion in today’s society.
Sun, Jul 27, 2014
On National Parents’ Day Ron Schaeffer, a member of UUSD, asked the question, how well do, or did, we really know our parents and their impact on our lives. And, looking forward, how well do we appreciate our own impact on our children and grandchildren.
Sun, Jun 29, 2014
UUSD member and Board co-president, Jean Charles, shares her thoughts on how to enjoy the journey with yourself and others, and, in the end share a smile. We will explore how our personal journeys fit in with UUSD’s journey or your spiritual life?
Sun, May 11, 2014
As UUs, we claim that love is the doctrine of this church; we sing about standing on the side of it, how wondrous it is, how we have it like an ocean in our soul, and about how we nonetheless need to search for more of it somewhere. What is it we really want, and do we have any idea at all about where to find it? I wonder how many of us stop to contemplate the meaning of that word we use so generously.
UU guest speaker, Richard Grzywinski, is a retired engineer volunteering on a Hurricane Sandy recovery project, a secular Buddhist, and a vegetarian advocating animal rights
Sun, Jan 05, 2014
So often, Unitarian Universalists are diminished mainly by how our faith is defined by others, and we often buy into such definitions. That is not something that UUs want, says Rev. Smith, so we need to examine what our history and our Principles say for some guidance. Our fourth Principle says that we agree to a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” That is a provocative phrase, one which Rev. Smith will explore.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013
Christmas Eve Service, Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. In a somewhat traditional service for all ages, join Rev. Mike and the congregation in celebrating Christmas Eve in stories and in songs—traditional and a little less so, followed by a festive meal. All will be merry and bright, as we acknowledge the hope of peace and of love that seems so much greater at this time of year.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013
It is important that we occasionally ask the question, “what does it mean to be a Unitarian
Universalist, and why is it important that we discuss this as a congregation”. In a religious denomination that lets it up to the individual to decide what you believe, can you get consensus on our basic values and why we are here? During a time of major change for our congregation, Ron Schaeffer, a long-time member, explains his view on what Unitarian Universalism means to him.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013
Nothing evokes more emotion than the topic of war. Patriotism, emotional and physical pain, fear, hatred, elation, and satisfaction are all felt during a time of war. Spiritual transformation is also a common result of being in or near a war zone. Gary Colangelo and Gerald Duvall share their journeys as US Army Vietnam-era veterans and include experiences as medical personnel in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.
Mon, Nov 11, 2013
This is the annual ingathering service. All are invited to bring with them water samples that represent places they have traveled when away during the summer. These waters will converge into a common bowl reuniting our community, as well as those who may be new or visiting. Rev. Smith offers a reflection on the metaphor of water as the energy that moves among us, carrying our souls, that is the force interconnecting all life.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013
Many involved in earth-centered theologies celebrate Mabon, which marks the autumn equinox.
Rev. Smith examines the very real meaning of the shift of seasons, along with many of the metaphorical meanings.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013
Our “Purposes” statement introduces/identifies the sources that make up Unitarian Universalists. Rev. Smith, by request, begins with this statement that will introduce a series of sermons focusing on our Seven Principles, our noncredal creed.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013
Rev. Smith reflects on his experiences at the August 24, 2013, commemorative march and rally along the historic 1963 route of the March on Washington.
Sun, Aug 04, 2013
With the gutting of the Civil Rights Act of 1965, Stand Your Own Ground, and the continued misogynists in local, state, and federal congresses, the idea of any kind of civil rights seems archaic, almost nonexistent. Jim Crow laws are re-appearing, especially in the south. It seems as though the fight for civil justice and equanimity has merely been at a loll. Rev. Smith speaks to how we might best reapproach the fight, or the struggle.
Sun, Jul 28, 2013
Every time change occurs the perception is that you have to let go of the past. Rev. Smith focuses on why this is not necessarily so. Even as we grow,the most important constant is that relationships remain solid because that is the foundation of who we are no matter where we plant our feet.
Mon, Jun 17, 2013
Rev. Smith reflects on Father’s Day, through the eyes of his father and his own. As the son of a minister, Rev. Smith examines some of his father’s religious ideas, and how they may differ from his own.
Sun, Jun 02, 2013
Love may be one of the greatly misunderstood ideas for many of us. Just what does “Standing on the Side of Love” mean, for example? Is love a strong enough concept to really conquer all? Rev. Smith examines the word, its meaning, and its potential to heal those things that may be broken in this world.
Sun, May 05, 2013
So many of us look outward for our spiritual guidance. Perhaps we need to look inward to find that spark of the divine, nourish it, and maybe rekindle it. Rev. Smith speaks to this need, this force. The symbol of Unitarian Universalism is the flaming chalice. He will examine its deeper meaning, as well.
Sun, Apr 28, 2013
So often going to church means, for some, taking on a somber and guilty demeanor. What would happen if people felt lifted up, embraced by love, and left happy, maybe even a bit giddy when they left the worship experience? This Sunday, Rev. Smith offers ways that the Sunday morning experience can offer spiritual nurture and inner peace with joyful and light-hearted feelings when mixed into some of the more serious messages.
Sun, Apr 07, 2013
As good stewards, we take care of each other year round. We also work for the good of the earth and its people, as we can, in our limited but determined way. Rev. Smith presents the annual Sermon on the Amount, talking about the particular stewardship of pledging financially. It is a reflection on why we ask for money, the programs and such that receive support; it is also a reflection on the reality of our financial limitations. Giving a lot or giving a little does not mean our dreams for this congregation are not equal.
Sun, Mar 03, 2013
It is Women's History Month, so a look at creation myths and evolution seems quite relevant. The weird debate between Creationists and Evolutionists never seems to go away, especially when so-called Creationists in Congress wind up on the House Science Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight. What fun! And let us not forget the state Mother Earth is in.
Sun, Feb 17, 2013
Love can often be seen as a squishy sentiment, the stuff of greeting cards and hippy posters. While there is nothing wrong with that, love can be seen as an important and solid tool to bring about change toward peace and safety. Rev. Smith offers some ideas on the use of love not only to bring change but also to create healing.
Sun, Aug 12, 2012
Not in My Backyard: The issues of immigration seem very distant to many who do not live in states where so-called illegal immigrants present a perceived problem. For those of us who live in Delaware, many seem to feel it is not a local issue and, therefore, low on the ladder of concerns. But, as Rev. Smith points out, the issue is more complex and much closer than some believe. We, and other progressive congregations, need to educate ourselves and find out what actions we need to take to monitor certain agencies and ensure they do not mistreat the local immigrant population.